Yay. Everything turned out good. Even the medical tech who took my EKG said it was good and should make my anesthesiogist happy. They gave me a medical "bracelet" during my blood draw and told me not to remove it. If I do, they'll have to take more blood. Apparently my blood test is "only good for 72 hrs." any my bracelet identifies me with the blood taken(?). Another medical mystery that I'm sure there is a reason for.
Well, the countdown has begun for my final week prior to receiving my new mechanical valve and a new Dacron ascending aorta. My company is letting me take off Wed/Thu/Fri without having to take any vacation. My pre-op appointments and tests are Friday with an early morning surgery on Monday, the 25th.
Since I have a few days off -- any suggestions on what I can do to help get my house ready to make it easier for my wife and I? I have purchased a lift recliner, got a quiet room set up at home, have put many items on the kitchen counter at waist level. Is there anything I can do, so I won't be such a burden on my caregiver spouse? Any recommendations would be appreciated. I guess everyone's recovery is different, but maybe I'm overlooking something obvious?
Thank you everyone on this site, I found out in early May that I will need surgery. After visits with my surgeon and finishing my angiogram and CT scan, I am now awaiting my pre-op appointment on the 22nd of July with surgery on Monday, July 25th. What seemed like forever to get a date -- now it is coming too fast for my taste!!!
My question is this --- how on earth did all of you handle the nerves, the insomnia and the anxiety? I swear I have not slept more than two hours in a row since May!! Any advice?